Is This the Biggest Leak in Drone History? Mavic Mini 2 Accidentally Stocked at a Best Buy Even Though DJI Hasn’t Released It Yet
BY Zacc Dukowitz28 October 2020
A recent YouTube video shows a man stumbling across the DJI Mavic Mini 2 at a BestBuy and, well, just buying it—even though DJI hasn’t officially released it yet.
As of writing this article, the story and video have been shared on several drone news and tech outlets. Since we first saw it two days ago, it has climbed from a few hundred views to well over 80,000, and that number is sure to keep rising in the coming days.
And, as you might expect, the internet is buzzing with speculation—several comments on the video accuse the maker of faking it, but even more point out that this would be almost impossible, given the amount of detail it contains.
Oh, and it looks like the new drone won’t be called the Mavic Mini 2, but just the Mini 2.
Everything We Know About the Mini 2
In a follow up unboxing video, the same YouTuber who found the Mini 2 at Best Buy shares some up-close details of the new drone, which we’ll detail below.
Here’s the video, in case you’d like to watch it yourself:
Based on what he shared, here is an overview of what we know so far about the Mini 2 (which is almost everything):
- Camera—4K at 30p/25p/24p, 2.7K at 30p (no 60p for 2.7K)
- Weight—Still less than 250 grams (so you don’t have to register it with the FAA)
- Controller—Same as Mavic Air 2 (could also work with the DJI Smart Controller, though this is unclear right now)
- Flight time—31 minutes (one more minute than the Mavic Mini 1)
- Battery—2,250 mAh (this is a little smaller than the Mavic Mini 1’s 2,600 mAh battery but we’re guessing it’s been optimized to fly just as long, if not a longer)
- Sensor and lenses—Same as Mavic Mini 1 (1/2.3-inch 12MP sensor, 24mm equivalent focal length, f/2.8 aperture)
- Wind resistance—Level 5 (8.5-10.5 m/s)
- Cost—Approx. $599*
* This is a guess. The YouTuber paid $699 for the Mini 2 Fly More combo, so we would estimate that the drone by itself will go for $599 based on the fact that the Mini 1 is $399 and the Mini 1 Fly More combo is $499.
Here are a few standout features on the new Mini 2:
- OcuSync 2.0—It looks like the new drone will come with OcuSync 2.0 transmission, which will enable it to fly up to 6.2 miles (10 km), a huge upgrade from the Mavic Mini 1’s range of just under one mile (1.5 km)
- USB-C port—This new port replaces the Mavic Mini 1’s out-of-date microUSB port
With the addition of 4K, OcySync 2.0, and the convenience of the USB-C port, the Mini 2 is a big improvement on the Mavic Mini 1. But if the price point does end up being about $200 more, it’s hard to say if those improvements will justify the price hike.
Here’s a screenshot of the full list of specs for the Mini 2, taken from the video:
When can I buy a Mini 2?
As for the official launch date of the Mini 2, it’s possible that it will be November 5.
At least, that’s the date mentioned in the first video in this article (at around 5:30), when the YouTuber explains that it seems like the controller won’t be able to connect to the drone until then.
DJI and Leaks
Information about DJI’s forthcoming drones almost always gets leaked in advance of their actual release.
Sometimes these leaks seem to come from insiders at the company, in what could be suspected as an intentional effort to build up anticipation before an official launch. And sometimes these leaks seem to be genuine, and come from someone who managed to capture something DJI was trying to keep under wraps.
And then there are leaks that come from accidents.
Back in 2018, an ad for the U.K.-based store Argos included pictures and full specs for the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom, even though these drones hadn’t been released yet. DJI had postponed its “See the Bigger Picture” event, at which the two drones were going to be announced, and apparently neglected to ask Argos to pull the ad (or Argos simply forgot to pull it).
But this leak of the Mavic Mini 2 may be the biggest accident of all time.
To know that DJI’s new drones, around which so much hype is built, might just be sitting in the back of your local Best Buy, waiting to be stocked—well, it kind of makes you want to walk in next time there’s a big release coming, and just ask if they have it.
Who knows? Maybe someone will bring it out to you.
What do you think of the Best Buy video—is it real or a fake? Share your thoughts in this thread on the UAV Coach community forum.